Why Laxmi and Ganesh are worshiped Together?

Image of Pure Gold Plated Idols of Lakshmi and Ganesha

Lord Ganesha is considered God of wisdom, intellect, success and prosperity. Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess of fortune. Why are Lakshmi and Ganesha worshiped together? 

What is wealth without prosperity? What is money without the wisdom to use it properly? Will all the material gains in the world be permanent without intelligence? Can anybody attain any great prosperity without removing the obstacles on the path?

Qualities of Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha are complementary so our custom requires us to worship both of them together. This reminds us that we don’t have to aim only for material wealth but also have to aim for prudence and wisdom.

Lord Ganesh who is the lord of people (gana) removes various hurdles so that his devotees progress towards their aim (Lakshya); material prosperity (Labha) and spiritual successes.

There are Ganesha, Lakshmi and Sarasvati Statues sitting together. These are worshiped together in Hindu methodology for Health, Wealth, Prosperity and Luck.

Symbolic Completeness

  1. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, prosperity, and fortune. Her blessings are essential for material and spiritual well-being.
  2. Ganesha is the god of wisdom, knowledge, and the remover of obstacles. His blessings are sought for success in endeavors and the removal of difficulties.

Balance of Material and Intellectual Wealth

  • Lakshmi represents material prosperity and the abundance necessary for a comfortable life.
  • Ganesha ensures that one has the wisdom to manage and utilize that wealth properly, avoiding greed and ensuring ethical living.

Auspicious Beginnings

  • Ganesha is traditionally worshipped at the beginning of any new venture to remove obstacles and ensure success.
  • Lakshmi’s presence is invoked to bring prosperity to the new venture.

Cultural and Mythological Significance

  • In many Hindu households and festivals, especially during Diwali, Lakshmi Puja and Ganesha Puja are performed together. Diwali itself symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness and is a time for seeking both material and spiritual prosperity.
  • According to some legends, Lakshmi and Ganesha are seen as siblings or as part of the same divine family, which further justifies their joint worship.

Spiritual Prosperity

  • Worshipping both deities together ensures a balance between wealth and wisdom, highlighting the belief that true prosperity is achieved only when both material success and intellectual growth are in harmony.

Popular Practices

  • During Diwali, it’s common to find families performing Lakshmi-Ganesha Puja to seek blessings for wealth and wisdom in the coming year.
  • Businesses often place images or idols of both Lakshmi and Ganesha in their establishments, seeking prosperity and obstacle-free operations.

The joint worship of Lakshmi and Ganesha reflects a holistic approach to prosperity in Hindu tradition, emphasizing that wealth and wisdom should go hand in hand.